CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| AUGUST 5, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today the election of Shreveport attorney Jerry Edwards as Chair and 15th Judicial District Judge Jules D. Edwards, III, as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.
Attorney Edwards succeeds 19th Judicial District Court Judge Anthony J. Marabella as Chair of the Judiciary Commission. Edwards received his law degree from Vermont Law School in 2005. After graduating law school, he served as a law clerk for First Judicial District Court Judges Scott J. Crichton and Jeanette G. Garrett. He joined the Shreveport law firm Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts as an associate in 2006 and became director of the firm in 2014. Additionally, Edwards has been an active member of many professional and civic organizations including the: Shreveport Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council (2011-present); Booth- Politz Inn of Court; and Volunteers of America North Louisiana. In 2011, Edwards was selected by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges to serve as a lawyer-member of the Judiciary Commission.
Judge Jules D. Edwards, III, succeeds attorney Jerry Edwards as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Commission. Judge Edwards, a native of New Orleans, received his undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University New Orleans in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He earned a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1994, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2005. Judge Edwards enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1977, and served in the Louisiana Army National Guard until 2007. He served in the Infantry, Artillery and in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and also has served as the 256th Infantry Brigade’s Inspector General, and the State Judge Advocate. In 2007 he retired as Colonel of the Louisiana National Guard and was recognized as the best Staff Judge Advocate in the United States.
Judge Edwards has served as Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court and has been a drug court judge and pioneer. Prior to serving on the court, he served as an Indigent Defender Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Counsel to the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, and a partner of the Edwards and Edwards Law Offices. Judge Edwards was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a judge-member of the Judiciary Commission.
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